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Leap (2004)
Lauren Gunderson
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This play explores the inspiration for Isaac Newton's amazing discoveries in 1664, personifying it in the form of two young girls whose playful interaction leads to the results we remember Newton for today. The play premiered in Atlanta, where Lauren Gunderson lives and has written other award winning plays about science and the South. The script is available in a book along with the script for Background, about the work of astrophysicist Ralph Alpher that may also be of interest to visitors to this Website.

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Works Similar to Leap
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Newton's Hooke by David Pinner
  2. Calculus (Newton's Whores) by Carl Djerassi
  3. Let Newton Be! by Craig Baxter
  4. Newton's Gift by Paul J. Nahin
  5. Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson
  6. Le Cas de Sophie K. by Jean-Frangois Peyret (playwright and director)
  7. Emilie: La Marquise Du Ch√Ętelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson
  8. Hypatia or The Divine Algebra by Mac Wellman
  9. Beyond the Limit: The Dream of Sofya Kovalevskaya by Joan Spicci
  10. Quicksilver: The Baroque Cycle Volume 1 by Neal Stephenson
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GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifGenius, Real Mathematicians, Newton,

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